Active Directory Corruption on Exchange Member Server W2K3
Posted on 2009-04-29
We had a Win2K3 member server running Exchange 2003 go down today. The server, when rebooted, told us the registry files were corrupt. We went through "Recovery Console" and recovered the registry files from the C:/windows/repair directory.
On reboot, we now get an error that the Directory Services could not start...(Error message 1003 was logged in Event Log). (I was surprised that a Member server (not a DC) would have the AD database on it). We booted into Directory Services Recovery Mode and attempted to recover the AD database. Turns out the database is completely missing on this computer. We have no reliable backup on this machine for the AD. We are stuck.
We have tried to restore the NTDS.dit file from one of our DCs. This did not work. The error message is now: "Directory Services could not start, the password is incorrect"
Anyone have a solution to this. Rebuilding the Exchange server from scratch and installing the backup Exchange database is a last resort.